The Science of Art, the Art of Science

Study the science of art and the art of science.
–Leonardo da Vinci

“The  Art of Science exhibition explores the interplay between science and art. These practices both involve the pursuit of those moments of discovery when what you perceive suddenly becomes more than the sum of its parts. Each piece in this exhibition is, in its own way, a record of such a moment.


This is the third Art of Science competition hosted by Princeton University. The 2009 competition drew more than 200 submissions from 16 departments. The exhibit includes work by undergraduates, faculty, research staff, graduate students, and alumni.

The 48 works chosen for the 2009 Art of Science exhibition represent this year’s theme of “found art.” These extraordinary images are not art for art’s sake. Rather, they were produced during the course of scientific research. Entries were chosen for their aesthetic excellence as well as scientific or technical interest.”

The First Prize winner:


baby squid
Celeste Nelson (faculty)
Department of Chemical Engineering

My tissue morphodynamics laboratory studies the dynamic processes that control tissue development. This image of squid (Loligo pealeii) embryos was taken using bright field microscopy.


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. leafless
    May 30, 2009 @ 01:47:06

    This looks more like science than art to me. I don’t believe art is incidental or accidental. If that’s the case, we would have to retire all the art critics and writers.


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